It was once a secret that Costa Rica kills heaps of marine mammals for cheap tuna and shrimp, but that fact no longer seems up for debate. Death in a net is the sad reality for way too many dolphins here. Swimming with the dolphins is way more sustainable, fun and educational.That is not to say that swimming with dolphins is always a good thing. While there are plenty of marine mammals just off the beaches of Gandoca on the south Caribbean and around the islets and beaches of Uvita in the south Pacific, those spots are unfavorable places for people to get in the water. These relatively small cetacean hot spots are special, and shouldn’t be tampered with.Interspecies sex and communication between bottlenose and Guyana aka Tucuxi dolphins goes on year round off the south Caribbean, and no where else in the world. Here, local captains are known for pulling up near a group, turning off motors, and watching the vigorous action in the relatively small area. The Pacific waters of Uvita hold baby humpback whales needing to drink an absurd amount of milk and learn to survive, while their mothers court and mate with the year’s escorts. Here boats often give the animals distance and respect, knowing that if they come to close, the animals will just be forced to move away from their sweet spot.But not everywhere is a bad place to swim with dolphins. Anywhere beyond twelve nautical miles from shore, swimmers can even save dolphins from nets. There’s nowhere this happens more frequently than the blue water pelagic ecosystem around twelve miles off the Osa peninsula, in an area larger than Corcovado National Park.About an hour’s boat ride from the south Pacific’s Drake Bay, tuna boats throw nets around huge pods of dolphins year round. Hardworking crew then jump into the net and muscle most dolphin out alive as the surface hole is clinched ever tighter. This has been happening for decades.For the past twenty years, when the tuna boats were not netting the Osa dolphins, tourists and guides with local boats from Drake Bay were swimming with them. Sometimes Drake Bay tourists swimming with offshore Osa dolphins keep tuna boats from netting the pod, if only for a little while. The tourists also make heaps of money for Drake Bay hotels and businesses. The tuna nets generate zero for Drake Bay people.The dolphin swim boats do not interact with the dolphins if the dolphins are not interested. But the tuna fleets hunt down and molest the pod even when the dolphins swim away. The dolphins scream and cry in sounds of panic in the tuna nets. The same dolphins mimic human humming when they choose to play.Towing from a very slow moving boat while snorkeling or riding underwater scooters seems to work much better than free swimming with the dolphins. In this way, the dolphins will play all day long and even into the night. This adventure sport requires fit people and guides with training and enough crew to watch each person constantly, like any other adventure sport in Costa Rica.Everyone who has done this over many years agrees that it is one of the greatest experiences. Ever. Offshore Osa is one of the most spectacular human-dolphin embassies on the blue planet. This area is a place to swim with dolphins in a eco-friendly way and show the world how it’s done. We can learn and make lots of money over the long term with these dolphins, or we can continue to unsustainably kill them with no money for local communities.Spinner dolphins used to patrol the waters of the Golfo Dulce. Not anymore. Now the superpods of offshore Osa appear to be shrinking. Studies show even when you stop killing spinner dolphins, the pods do not return to normal size even after many years.Now is time to decide if offshore Osa will continue to be a place where the world’s largest resident dolphin pods go extinct for foreign profits.Or if it is time to empower communities to swim with the dolphins and learn from them, and make lasting local profits.Costa Rica has that choice.I think its time to go swimming. Facebook Comments Related posts:Is tuna from Costa Rica dolphin fatal? 7-foot crocodile that attacked surfer in Costa Rica was ‘just confused,’ says victim Scientists use Calvin Klein cologne to lure reclusive Nicaraguan jaguars; what might it do for you? Dolphins have been trapped in Costa Rica’s Pacuare River for nearly a month
Related posts:Injured Uruguay star Suárez in camp; England crushes Peru; key Italian player breaks leg Costa Rica’s first World Cup opponent Uruguay could lose spot in the tournament Italy coach Prandelli resigns immediately after group stage elimination Costa Rica achieves highest FIFA ranking ever (No. 16) after historic World Cup run SAO PÃULO — Heavyweights England and Uruguay must resurrect their World Cup hopes or face the prospect of an early flight home when they collide in a Group D fixture on Thursday at 1 p.m.Opening defeats to Italy and Costa Rica respectively have left both countries in danger of elimination with little room for error in their last two pool games.Defeat in Sao Paulo would surely spell doom for either Roy Hodgson’s new-look England or two-time winners Uruguay, who were unimpressive in their 3-1 loss to Costa Rica.Both countries have question marks over their strikers with calls in British media to either drop talisman Wayne Rooney, or move him from the left to his preferred central role.For Uruguay, Liverpool’s Luis Suárez, this season’s Premier League top-scorer with 31 goals, is set to make his return from keyhole surgery on the meniscus in his left knee last month.Rooney set up England’s goal but missed a chance to equalize during Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Italy, in a subdued display which had many critics questioning his place.The Manchester United forward, 28, has never scored at a World Cup and when he was spotted training with the reserves on Monday, speculation rose that he had been axed.But the English FA said Rooney had requested an extra training session while other first-team regulars continued their post-match recovery.Rooney complained “sometimes (I) wonder what the press are getting at” on his Facebook page, while Frank Lampard hit out at the obsession with his teammate.“A fixation with one player can become, rather than a debate, a bit of an agenda,” he said. “So I do think we need to drop the agenda and look at the team, whoever plays.”The whirlwind surrounding Rooney has dominated the build-up for youthful England, who won praise for their bold approach against Italy, exemplified by Raheem Sterling.However, defensive fragility could return to haunt them with problems down the left, while center-half Gary Cahill was out-jumped by Mario Balotelli when heading the winner.Uruguay have their own worries at the back after their defense was repeatedly rattled by Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell, who is on Arsenal’s books.They will also be missing Benfica defender Maxi Pereira, who was sent off for a foul on Campbell near the end of Saturday’s game.But England will be wary of a strike force pairing between Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani and the lethal Suarez, even if he won’t be fully match-fit.The build-up has not been short of hyperbole with Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez calling it a “final.”England’s Daniel Sturridge, who was on target with a sweet first-time finish against Italy, said it would be “do or die” in Sao Paulo.The rivalry dates back to May 1953, when Uruguay saw off England 2-1 in Montevideo. Uruguay lead the head-to-head 4-3, with three draws.In their only World Cup meetings, then-defending champions Uruguay won 4-2 in the 1954 quarterfinals and the teams drew 0-0 in the group stage in 1966, when England won their only World Cup title.The latest instalment will be refereed by Spain’s Carlos Velasco Carballo, who is taking charge of his first World Cup match.Both teams will keep a close eye on the other Group D result between Italy and Costa Rica, 2,000 km (1,200 miles) away in Recife on Friday. Facebook Comments
Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of A CPJ statement Monday says “the rollout of a far more pervasive and sophisticated blocking system” started in April to include smaller blogs by exiles and news services, and even individual Facebook pages.“The gap through which undetected, uncensored news gets in and out of Ethiopia is definitely narrowing,” encouraging similar action from authoritarian regimes such as Sudan.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The Committee to Protect Journalists says it appears Ethiopia is extending and refining its censorship of Internet news with a sophistication that could encourage other authoritarian regimes in Africa.Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government has been blocking major news sites and blog hosts since disputed general election results in 2005 led to violent protests. Voice Over Internet Protocol such as Skype also is blocked, forcing people to use the state telephone system. Comments Share Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Rwanda’s foreign minister has indicated in social media that Rwandan troops could enter Congo.Louise Mushikiwabo said on Twitter late Thursday that Rwandan troops are not currently in Congo, and added the word “yet” in parentheses.She also wrote: “When they are, you will know” in a Twitter message directed to the TV news outlet Al Jazeera.Fighting from the war in eastern Congo that pits U.N. and Congolese forces against M23 rebels spilled over into Rwanda Thursday when multiple shells landed inside the country. In New York, the U.N. said the firing originated from positions held by M23. The fighting in recent days has been among the most intense in the past year, and comes after the United Nations Security Council in March authorized the creation of a special intervention brigade which, unlike the other 17,000 peacekeepers stationed in this vast nation, has a mandate to go on the offensive against the M23. The brigade, made up of soldiers from Tanzania and South Africa, was created in the wake of the criticism following the fall of Goma to the rebels last year.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) M23’s ranks are swollen with undercover Rwandan soldiers, according to repeated reports by the United Nations Group of Experts. Rwanda denies it supports M23.Mushikiwabo had said earlier the shells were fired by Congo troops. She later said Rwanda doesn’t care who fired the shells but only that the shelling ends.Mushikiwabo said a projectile fired by Congolese forces at 9:45 a.m. Thursday killed a woman and seriously injured her 2-month old baby in a market in Rubavu town, located 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the Congolese border. She said Rwanda has remained restrained “for as long as we can” but that provocations can no longer be tolerated. “We will not hesitate to defend our territory,” she said.In New York, the United Nations said the U.N. force “can confirm firing incidents into Rwandan territory originated from M23 positions” from Aug. 22-29, and stressed that “it has not witnessed any Congolese Armed Forces firing into Rwandan territory during this period.”Goma, a Congolese city of 1 million located on the Rwandan border, briefly fell to the M23 rebels last year. The soldiers from Rwanda join the M23 in small groups, hiking across footpaths into Congo, the United Nations Group of Experts has said in a report. Rwanda has also supplied them with arms and sophisticated equipment, including night vision goggles, the report said. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How do cataracts affect your vision?
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SSV-Award for best property The Sea Samui_exterior The Sea Samui_Room Wuttichai Phaoenchoke Managing Director of Sinthoranee Property Co Ltd, an owning company of The Sea Samui Vacation Residences, Centara Boutique Collection recently received “Best Property Thailand” Award from Stuart Shield, Chairman of the International Property Awards from International Property Awards 2010. The award presentation ceremony was taken place at The Langham Hotel, Hongkong.The Sea Samui Vacation Residences, Centara Boutique Collection officially opened its doors on the 1st of September 2009 welcoming seven groups who eagerly anticipated their stay at this brand new 5 star vacation residence resort. The Sea Samui Vacation Residences, Centara Boutique Collection is a beachfront residence development designed by the architectural company Be Gray Limited. The design incorporates a tropical fusion concept where Western style is aesthetically mixed with Asian culture. This combination of minimalist form and oriental senses creates the perfect ambiance for tropical living. Located in the Bang Po district of Koh Samui, the area boasts white sand beaches, crystal clear water and spectacular views of Koh Pan-Ngan. The resort embraces a secluded yet tranquil environment encompassing 21 apartments and 6 villas all with their own unique pool, beach or garden view. Each room comes complete with its own LCD TV, DVD player, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, deposit box, mini bar, fully equipped and coffee maker. Facilities on offer at the resort include Café Le Bay Restaurant, Spa, reception lounge, swimming pool, fitness room, housekeeping and laundry services, travel desk, shuttle service, wireless internet and 24 hour security. Samui also offers a wide selection of activities for guests to partake in during their stay including water sports, shopping, adventure tours, elephant trekking, bungy jumps, diving, snorkeling and sailing. A popular tourist destination, Koh Samui is easily accessed by air from a number of Thailand’s gateway cities including Bangkok and Phuket as well as from international destinations such as Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Ferries comute daily between the mainland port of Suratthani and Samui Island. Centara Boutique Collection properties are situated in secluded locations or in city centres and feature inspirational architectural design and an intimacy of scale designed to provide a more personally fulfilling vacation experience.Centara Hotels and Resorts currently operates a chain of 26 hotels and resorts throughout Thailand, with the properties being either self-owned or managed under contract, and a further 10 are at present under development. In addition 5 resorts have been added in international destinations, totalling 41 properties. The Sea Samui_pool The Sea Samui_Living Room Source = Centara Hotels and Resorts
Akbar Travels, the largest travel agent in India with 54 IATA and 14 non-IATA branches, was the recipient today of the Abacus President’s Award at the Abacus International Conference (AIC) 2010.The honour is given to the company with the greatest achievements in the criteria of investment in its people, openness to new ideas and adoption of new technology tools including mobile, attention to customer service and investment in CRM, development of high-value niches for specialist customers, new business development initiatives, overall professionalism and innovation in marketing and business efficiency.“We are thrilled to win this prestigious President’s Award from our preferred and largest GDS partner,” said K.V. Abdul Nazar, Chairman and Managing Director of Akbar Travels. “Akbar Travels has always been in the business of great service and professionalism since 1978, and with the help and support of Asia’s leading provider of travel solutions and services, will continue to expand in its growth strategies to maintain a leadership position in the Indian market and rest of Asia.”Presenting the award, Mr Robert Bailey, President and CEO of Abacus International, said, “This award goes to the organisation that has shown the greatest foresight in strategies to drive value, innovation, professionalism and service to customers. Akbar Travels is truly unique in the industry for its achievements throughout the region. Abacus is proud to be the preferred partner for Akbar Travels in its continued growth efforts over the long-term.” Source = Abacus International